The Short Range Certificate is the minimum qualification required by law to control the operation of VHF and VHF Digital Selective Calling (DSC) equipment voluntarily fitted with a radio. This includes both fixed and hand-held equipment using international channels.
A radio is an important piece of safety equipment on board and it is vital to understand the correct procedures. Unnecessary transmissions could block out a Mayday distress call.
All new VHF sets are either fitted, or can be interfaced, with DSC allowing calls to specific vessels. If you hold the pre-1999 VHF licence, you need to upgrade your qualification if you purchase new equipment. This can be done by attending this one-day course or, if no tuition is required, you can sit directly for an examination.
The topics which will be covered during the course include:
- The basics of radio operation;
- the correct frequencies (channels) to be used;
- distress, emergency and medical assistance procedures making ship to shore calls;
- Digital Selective Calling (DSC) using simulators;
- Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS);
- Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB);
- Search and Rescue (SART).
The course will be taught using radio simulators and will be examined by a short written test.
The course is delivered and assessed by RYA qualified VHF/SRC instructors.
The general principles and basic features of the maritime mobile service relevant to vessels NOT subject to a compulsory fit under the SOLAS convention:
- Types of communication of the maritime mobile service
- Types of station in the maritime mobile service
- Elementary knowledge of radio frequencies and channels appropriate to the VHF maritime mobile band
- Functionality of ship station equipment.
2. Detailed working knowledge of radio equipment:
- Radiotelephone channels
- Basic controls and usage
- Portable two-way VHF radiotelephone apparatus
- Maritime VHF antennas
- Purpose and use of Digital Selective Calling (DSC) facilities
- Types of Call
- The Maritime Mobile Service Identity (MMSI) number system
- Call categorisation and priority (e.g. Mayday)
- Call telecommand and traffic information
- VHF DSC facilities and usage.
3. Operational procedures of the GMDSS and detailed practical operation of GMDSS subsystems and equipment.
- Search and rescue (SAR) procedures in the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
- Distress, urgency and safety communication procedures in the GMDSS
- Protection of distress frequencies
- Maritime Safety Information
- Alerting and locating signals
- Emergency Position Indication Radio Beacons (EPIRBs)
- Search and Rescue Radar Transponder (SART).
4. Operational Procedures and regulations for VHF radiotelephone communications:
- Ability to exchange communications relevant to the safety of life at sea
- Distress communications
- Urgency communications
- Safety communications
- Reception of MSI by VHF radiotelephone
- Awareness of the existence and use of the IMO Standard Marine Navigational Vocabulary
- Use of international phonetic alphabet
- Regulations, Obligatory procedures and practices
- Practical and theoretical knowledge of radiotelephone call procedures
- Traffic charges
- Practical traffic routines.
The course is held at the M17481 premises in Swatar and students will also be making use of VHF simulators during the course.
- Use of equipment and certificate application.
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